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Othello's last Speech.

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HomeWork 27th November 2003. Othello's last Speech Othello's final soliloquy that ultimately seals his fate as a man who lacks critical thinking skills. This is because these are his final words, and they deal with fact, not emotion. He addresses the reasons behind his downfall, and decides how he wants others to see him, in terms of the story and how he takes responsibility for it. It is a noble speech, and a dubiously noble ending. For all the splendor, glory, and excellence of tongue, his final words show that he does not quite understand himself or what he has done. His goal is to tell the emissaries from Venice what has happened, Othello's last speech speaks directly to his life and reflects his understanding of all that has happened to him. It seems to me that Othello is attempting to revise his reputation in this speech. "Soft you; a word or two before you go." Othello begins by considering the possibility that he could redeem his reputation (perhaps even his life) ...read more.


I find it interesting that immediately after these lines, he begins to tell a story I imagine, like those he told to woo Desdemona Othello understands the cause of his own fall, and the falls' consequences. He describes himself as "..one that loved not wisely, but to well". Every step of his short recitation reveals an inaccuracy or a blinding of a personal problem. Othello says he "loved not wisely, but too well." It is true that he did not love wisely, but neither did he love too well He loved Desdemona with to much passion and little patience or faith. He loved Iago too, and trusted him too far to temper that trust with wisdom. And he loved his perfect soul, too much to seriously consider letting Desdemona live, too well to see past Iago's lies or past his words had they been the truth. His marriage is based on storytelling and pity; he objectifies his wife at every point, and does not trust her in the least. ...read more.


But othello chooses death; Othello would end his role as Iago. This idea that his body is somehow possessed with evil, but not his mind, is perpetuated in his last words: "And say besides, that in Aleppo once, Where a malignant and a turbaned Turk Beat a Venetian and traduced the state, I took by th' throat the circumcised dog, and smote him, thus." It is possible to see Othello as a good man who never is betrayed until Iago, as a noble and strong soldier who falls only because Iago is so cunning and evil. One might say, because of this, Othello dies not as a tragic hero, but as someone destroyed by circumstance and evil. But the superficiality of his marriage and the fact that if he had only been honest to his wife and lieutenant he would have found out the truth point in another direction. His death a sign of how much he was easily manipulated and deceived by a man whom he entrusted his life too. Iago is, indeed, the catalyst of Othello's changing perceptions, observations and views of his wife Desdemona. He was the cause of the deaths of many innocent men and women including Roderigo, Desdemona, Emilia and Othello. ...read more.

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